President John Dramani Mahama has commended the management of Zoomlion Ghana for its immense contribution to national growth, through the deployment of innovative means of dealing with the country’s development challenges.
“As an indigenous company, the nation feels proud of Zoomlion’s achievements and initiatives, which have led to the creation of over 200,000 jobs for the youth,” he stated.
President Mahama gave the commendation at the Thanksgiving Service to climax the 10th Anniversary Celebration of Zoomlion Ghana, the nation’s largest and leading waste management firm.
The vision and dedication of the company, is worth emulating by other local firms, the president said adding that Zoomlion Ghana has become a strong local firm which Ghanaians could rely on.
He listed various key interventions undertaken by the company in support of the nation’s development drive, including the recently inaugurated Lavender Hill Faecal Treatment Plant, as well as the solid waste compost plant at Adjen Kotoku, as monumental projects that had changed the face of waste management in the capital.
President Mahama assured the company of continuous support from the government, saying that its operations were in line with the government’s policy of indigenisation, value addition and import substitution.
“As a government, we believe in having strong indigenous companies that would promote local production and business to support economic growth,” he said.
According to him, that commitment was indicative of the incentives it continued to advance to the private sector, and cited the pharmaceutical, printing and construction industries which had been granted majority of government contracts in recent years.
The President particularly cited the local construction industry which had over 95 per cent of government contracts, adding that the engagement of local firms for the execution of projects helped to build their capacity and also avoid capital flight as the moneys paid the indigenous firms stayed and circulated in the country.
On political interference, he gave the assurance that the government would continue to support indigenous businesses, irrespective of the perceived political affiliation of their owners.
“I am politically blind when it comes to business and investment,” he said, adding that “once the company is adding value to local production, providing employment for Ghanaians, paying taxes and supporting economic growth, we will support it.”
According to him, the survival and progress of Zoomlion, which was established under the New Patriotic Party’s government, was ample testimony of his administration’s commitment to fairness and support for all businesses.
He congratulated the Executive Chairman of the Zoomlion Ghana and JOSPONG Group, Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong, and the workers of the company for their dedicated service to the nation, and encouraged them to do more.
Dr. Agyepong, for his part, thanked God for the vision and His blessings that had aided the rapid progress of the company throughout the last 10 years, and enabled it to expand throughout Ghana and to five other Africa countries Angola, Liberia, Equatorial Guinea, Togo and Zambia.
He thanked former President Kufuor and the late President Atta Mills, as well as President Mahama for their immense support and encouragement
Explaining the foundation of the company, he said: “I embarked on this entrepreneurial journey with the deep conviction that Ghanaians deserve better in the area of sanitation and good health.
“Filth must not engulf us as a nation. My philosophy was that we must build a company that will stand the test of time; a company that will ensure development from generation to generation.
“I was driven by the conviction that as Ghanaian businessmen, we must set an example for others to know that, indeed, the African can also perform,” he said.
Dr. Agyepong enumerated the initiative and achievements of the company over the period, and paid tribute to the thousands of sanitation and management workers, who had helped to keep the company active.
The thanksgiving service, attended by heads of stakeholder institutions and hundreds of workers of Zoomlion, had the theme, “Oh Lord, how manifold are your works.”
By Edmund Mingle